Monday, November 29, 2010

A couple steps back.

Y'know that cold I mentioned? Well it kept me up until 5 am with a hacking cough... not ideal for the night before swim training starts. I tried to get up at 9 as planned, but it wasn't happening. When I did wake up, I woke up to hacking up phlegm. I tried to rally - I really wanted to get in that pool today. However, the more I thought about potential swimmer's ear while I have a cold, or what I would be asking my lungs to do by swimming, I just gave up the ghost. So now I'm doing homework and I'll jump on the stationary bike in a bit to get some sort of workout in. Sigh.

Wednesday. Swim training starts Wednesday.

Sunday, November 28, 2010


Triathlon training officially starts tomorrow. I have my magnet bracelets, my Ironman watch, a swim cap, and new goggles. I'm technically ready, but I'm a little nervous. The swimming is the part of the triathlon that scares me (and I seriously doubt I'm alone in that) and I haven't really swam in many years. I used to be a pretty good swimmer so I'm not starting from scratch, but it's still a little scary. However, I was just reading an article in Women's Health about muscle memory, and I'm hoping my muscles remember how to swim.

Also, I've had a cold developing since Thursday or so. My throat has been feeling more and more raw by the day, and my nose is getting stuffier. Apparently my immune system didn't get the memo that I need to get in a pool on Monday to step up the "kicking my own ass" game.

That's really all I have to say for now. At this point, I'm eager to get the ball rolling - but I'm giving myself today off from working out to try to actually get over my cold.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Here we go.

One of two things has happened. Either I've officially lost my mind OR I've entered an alternate universe. A few weeks ago I made the decision to enter a triathlon on May 22, 2011. This will be two days before my 25th birthday, and when I pull it off, it will mean I pulled off a lifelong goal just in time to turn 25.

As I was about to type "if I pull it off," I quickly deleted "if" and put in "when" instead. Why do that when there is the possibility that plans will fall through? Because it's all about mindset. WHEN I complete the triathlon, I will probably collapse for a little while and spend my 25th birthday in pain. IF I do not follow through with the triathlon, I will feel like a failure. I don't do failure. I know what I want, and I want to achieve this - and I KNOW I can achieve this. No "ifs" in this blog - only "whens."

The reason I feel the need to start a blog about this is simple: I've gone into tunnel vision mode, and I realize that many of the people in my life do not actually enjoy talking about races every time I speak to them. However, I do want to track my training, successes, and inevitable letdowns.

Oh, and the latest thing I'm trying out (because every little bit helps): Over the summer, my dad became obsessed with the bracelets with magnets in them - or as he calls them, "voodoo bracelets." Despite his derogatory nickname, he swears by them now. Today I ordered a bracelet and an ankle bracelet (because if they do work, the closer to my knees the better) and I can't wait for them to come in.

(The blue will match my running shoes. Shut up, I'm not a dork.)

Training officially begins a week from today. I probably won't post again until then, but I wanted to kick this thing off.

Success: Yesterday I completed a 10k.
Letdown: Today, every muscle in my body hurts.